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Columns and Editorials

  • Mental health and substance abuse present persistent challenges

    One of the country’s most persistent challenges is finding ways to help those struggling with mental health and substance abuse issues beyond their control.
    Federal figures show the number to be significant.  In 2008, it was estimated that 30 million Americans had received treatment for a mental health issue in the previous year, and about 22 million were believed to be addicted to drugs or alcohol.

  • Vote yes on city, county options

    If it weren’t for our front page, you might not know there’s a wet/dry vote coming up.

    There’s been little discussion, very few phone calls and no letters to the editor about the local option votes to be held Dec. 13 countywide and for New Castle.

    Even the referendum on the Henry County Country Club vote in June generated two letters. And that involved just one precinct.

    Several years ago, when Eminence was considering by-the-drink liquor sales, there was plenty of public discussion for or against.

  • Addressing school bullying

    Bullying is one of the most common forms of violence seen in schools. A national survey conducted by the federal government in 2007-08 found that more than 55 million school-aged children have reported being a victim of bullying.

    There are many different ways a child can be bullied. Bullying can range from simple name calling to physical altercations.  Today cyber-bullying has grown in popularity. Children can experience bullying while online and their offenders often remain anonymous.

  • Budget will be top priority in 2012 
session

    When the General Assembly opens the 2012 Regular Session in early January, there is no doubt what the top issue will be: enacting the state’s budget for the next two years.  Redrawing state House, Senate and congressional districts, something done after each census, will likely be prominent as well, especially in the session’s opening weeks.

  • Using best practices to improve government

    Advances in computer and information technology are changing the way we live and work.  While the private sector has set the pace using new technology to improve performance, government lags behind.  The failure to adopt these best practices makes government agencies and programs less efficient in delivering service to Americans and less cost-effective for taxpayers.

  • Dinner conversation with Paul

    By Michael Duncan
    Pastor, Eminence Baptist Church

    I like having dinner with friends. The menu is immaterial, though a tasty meal well-served is nice. The best part of dinner with friends is the conversation. No matter how often I share dinner with a friend or friends, there is always something new to learn and share; and there is, of course, the joy of revisiting a shared past.

  • Middle school students get a dose of Reality

    Last Thursday more than 350 students from Eminence Independent Schools and Henry County Public Schools participated in the Reality Store. This event allows students the opportunity to see how difficult it can be to make ends meet financially, month to month.

  • Veterans Day a special time for state, country

    Veterans Day is always a special time for our country, but it promises to be even more memorable on Friday because of its location on the calendar.

    That’s because, for the first time ever, the year aligns perfectly with the holiday’s specific time of remembrance.  It will be another century before anyone else can pause to honor those who have served our country on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the 11th year.

  • Couponing is not just for groceries

    Two weeks ago, I put the question To Coupon or Not to Coupon to you. Hopefully, that got your attention. This week, I’m going to take that further.

    The average family that coupons as I teach them how saves roughly $450 a month. That comes to $5,400 a year.

    Imagine what you could do with that money — put it toward your mortgage, pay down your bills, help pay for your child’s education, fund your retirement … The possibilities are endless.

  • Countywide road cleanup is Nov. 5

    Greetings from the Henry County Planning and Zoning Office. Saturday, Nov. 5, is the annual countywide road cleanup day. This program has been in place for several years. A $28,000 litter abatement grant through the Energy and Enviroment Cabinet and the Kentucky Department of Waste Management help fund this event, which is administrated through the Solid Waste Office of Henry County.

    The program donates $100 per mile for groups to clean the roadways in our county.